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Loud, clear, and interesting Weir work throughout!
Subject: Great shows
I recorded these shows with a portable Aiwa stereo recorder and a stereo Aiwa mic on my hat. I was up in the top balcony in the back. The theater was brand new and it sounded amazing up there at the top, kind of like the unamplified quality you hear at the Metropolitan opera house. I recorded all three nights . And later on around 1992 when a young enthusiast copied all my tapes and posted his list on an early GD tapers website hew received hundreds of requests for the Hult cCenter shows I had taped. I later used a sony D-5 and patched into various Mics and got better quality recordings but very few people asked for any of those. The bass in the Hult Center sounded amazing; tight and perfect and you can hear the quality on all the different recordings from there.
I also met Ken Kesey there outside and he told me two things 1. That you used to be able to walk across the Bering Strait and then the continents drifted apart. 2. That Jerry black T-shirt was not actually a T-shirt but it was a black tattoo on his body. I will never forget looking into his eyes. He might have been tripping. I was high but not on acid.
Subject: Crazy Crazy Night
That is one WIGGY Bird Song. WOW.
Excellent show and recording. The more I listen to '83 the more I like it. I went to a handful of shows in '83 but I don't know why I can't remember it being this good. Maybe my mind is shot from all those thousands of bottles of bourbon I've drank.
John Bouffard -
Subject: Check my pulse!!
it just changed. I have to say I like it! Every song was really cookin'.The Other One is one of the highlights here.
Subject: Need a good audience of this show!
The soundboard drops to B quality at the beginning of Eyes. Plus it would be nice to hear a good audience like 9/2's Bob Donnelly or the Nawrocki source!
Subject: T.M.N.T. (Master Shredder)
OMG- Jer just shredz thru the eyes. I think its the fastest eyes my ears have ever heard, WOW!! Really good show, and a good setlist (in my opinion). Awesome China-Rider. I'm surprised that Bill/mickey could keep up with Jerry and Phil. LIGHTNING SPEED!!!!!!!
J Chazen -
capn doubledose -
Subject: Hot Minglewood, Bird Song & All over now A+
Short first set but some good stuff in there and flashes of greatness elsewhere (just going by the recording) The China>Rider may be the best of '83 though 1st night of Byrne and Merriweather also had this much energy and the 10/11 Garden is remembered just as much for the China>Rider as the St. Stephen all of that said, no show from this tour has as much energy that powers clear into space they are in a hurry, the others are right....
soul wrench -
Subject: aw dat stuff
I was there, all three nights. It was very special and the band played very well, particularly on this first night. The china cat jam was outstanding with several nice peaks, bending the frenzied crowd like a bow string, falling back, and regaining the momentum to peak again. The hall was beautiful and the local mistro from the civic orchestra remarked to a local prankster/organizer after listening to Jerry riff and peak "The Dead can use this hall so much more fully than we can..." indicating that the tremendous dynamic control the Grateful Dead exhibited really filled and stretched the capabilities of the acoustically wonderful Hult
Subject: Yet Another...
...smokin' early 80's show from the boys. It's pretty easy to tell from this recording that the band was having a nice time.
The recording is nice and clean.
early 80's meltdown -
Subject: The Hult... My time machine wish...
yea, I couldn't imagine how much fun these shows would have been to be at in 1983 and especially the 2 Hult Center 84 shows. its crazy thinking about it.
An intimate night with the Dead in a small cozy little venue when they were steam rollin' big time.
I Would love to read some post's from Heads who were there.
This show is special in so many ways. The band was on tour playing 12,000-15,000 size arenas so when the tour heads showed up at the Hult Center, many were shocked to find out that they weren't getting in with capacity around 2,500. The energy level was absolutely through the roof. Don't adjust the pitch to your tape or CD, the band is playing faster than I've ever heard them. The version of "Might As Well" is done at "Deal" speed.....and check out after drums, No Jerry ballad, the band couldn't slow down that night.
I hope a better copy comes to us soon. This show is noodle city. Just listen to the blazing Eyes...WOW!